Daily activities for kids and the family are abound in Long Island! Whether you want to spend the day with your children at a zoo, a museum, or just outdoors, we've got it all here. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have those few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!
Dishwasher's Circus - Long Island Children's Museum
December 23, 2013 - Garden City
Join the Remarkable Renaldo as he heads to his job as a dishwasher in a restaurant. His day begins with a rough commute to work, at the same time a circus is arriving and setting up in the field behind his restaurant. Come see how Renaldo?s day develops as he imagines what it would be like to be in the circus and solves his work challenges creatively and with humor. Witness the juggling, pranks, magic and humor of this world class clown. Renaldo has performed with National Circus Project, Big Apple Circus, Circus Sarasota, the Royal Hanneford Circus, the Luna Stage Theater Co. and at SeaWorld, as well as Canada's Garden Brothers Circus and England's Zippo's Circus. Following the show, meet his alter ego, Al Calienes, the author and illustrator of the children's story book "Renaldo Joins the Circus." Tickets for this performance can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/470387.
Open Pop-In-Playtime - Pump It Up
December 23, 2013 - Plainview
Do your kids feel the itch to bounce around like crazy? Then join in for a Pop-In-Playtime session. The kids will laugh, bounce, slide, play and make new friends all in a safe, clean environment. Space is limited to 35 children.
Bereavement Support Group - Elias Hicks Historical Home
December 23, 2013 - Jericho
COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents two Mondays per month for parents on the North Shore. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to COPE's Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to their first meeting 631-259-2018.
Made with Love - Floral Park Public Library
December 23, 2013 - Floral Park
Made With Love is a service-oriented group of knitters and crocheters who create hats, scarves, blankets, and other items for hospitals, shelters, and the military in a friendly atmosphere. (There is no instructor, but you may get help on your own projects from your peers.)
Tiny Tots - CSTL Center for Science Teaching and Learning
December 23, 2013 - Rockville Centre
CSTL's Tiny Tots program is held Mondays throughout the school year. Tiny Tots is a 1 1/2hr workshop for toddlers, ages 18 months to 3. Each week brings with it a new theme, and with each new theme comes new activities that both delight and educate at every turn. Every class is led by one of its friendly staff members who will include at least one story and fun activity.
The program allows you to spend time with your toddler in a creative environment; experience new activities together such as arts and crafts; begin to identify objects such as shapes, colors, numbers and letters; and create a positive attitude towards a nursery school environment.
School's Out! Holiday Camp! - CSTL Center for Science Teaching and Learning
December 23, 2013 - Rockville Centre
Join in for days of fun-filled, hands-on science and nature activities. There will be dinosaurs, live animals, science exploration, nature discoveries and more! Sign up for the days that work for you. 4-12 year olds. Aftercare (4-5pm) available.
Kids Yoga Class (8-10 yr olds) - Salutations Yoga Studio
December 23, 2013 - Glenwood Landing
Children learn individual yoga poses, as well as alignment, pose sequencing and learn to link the breath with movement. Team-building partner poses, cooperative group poses, collaborative yoga games, calming breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, creative guided imagery, and deep relaxation complete this class. Additional activities also include yoga-related arts and crafts, yoga journals, along with discussions on the how to stay calm, positive and compassionate. Advance registration is required. Please call, text or email to sign-up.
Digging Into the Past - Science Museum of Long Island
December 23, 2013 - Plandome
Journey back in time to learn how scientist figured out what was here before us. Learn about dinosaurs, prehistoric animals and ancient civilizations as you explore archeology, anthropology and paleontology.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast - The Patchogue
December 23, 2013 - Patchogue
Be a guest at this Disney production which features the animated film's much loved characters and the well known academy award-winning score. Join Belle, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and The Beast for an unforgettable journey where everyone lives happily ever after.
Let's celebrate the New Year! - The Maritime Explorium
December 23, 2013 - Port Jefferson
Explore the principles of geometry and design your own Times Square Ball.
Seiskaya Ballet's Nutcracker - Staller Center for the Arts
Through December 23, 2013 - Stony Brook
The Seiskaya Ballet’s Nutcracker has become a perennial holiday favorite. This year’s staging of the Nutcracker is again scheduled for six performances. This classical ballet rendition has earned praise from critics and audiences alike. The cast will be led by guest artist Stephen Hanna (Cavalier) a former principal with New York City Ballet and will feature Seiskaya's award winning principal dancers Alexandra Palma and Danielle Lovetro.
Christmas Tree and Poinsettia Sales - Queens County Farm Museum
Through December 24, 2013 - Floral Park
Popular varieties and sizes of trees, evergreen wreaths, poinsettia, Amaryllis, and paperwhites will be for sale with proceeds benefiting the Farm Museum.
Make Holiday Ornaments - Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Through December 24, 2013 - Cold Spring Harbor
Make holiday ornaments that you can display on the Hatchery's Christmas tree.
Theatre Three's production of A Christmas Carol - Theatre Three
Through December 28, 2013 - Port Jefferson
Celebrate the season with Long Island?s own holiday tradition. Follow the miser Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey that teaches him the true meaning of Christmas?past, present and future. As described by Newsday??There could scarcely be a finer tribute to [Dickens?] legend than A Christmas Carol at Theatre Three." November 16-December 28, 2013.
Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's 10th Annual Holiday Light Show - Camp Edey
Through December 30, 2013 - Bayport
Drive through a mile-long wooded trail filled with dazzling light displays and vignettes. The Holiday Light Show is entirely built, produced, and coordinated by staff and volunteers of Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. Along with the view, you can have photos taken with Santa, enjoy refreshments, explore the Hall of Trees and more. Proceeds benefit Girl Scouts programs and outreach services. Open daily,December 2-December 30 (Closed 24 and 25).
Behind-the-Scenes Tours - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2013 - Riverhead
Go behind the scenes at the aquarium and see firsthand all that's involved in creating a home for the aquatic residents, including helping to feed the clownfish.
'The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale' - Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Through December 31, 2013 - Centerport
This new, seasonal show is a timeless fable of courage, generosity and renewal that also explores the concept that winter is a time for Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. The heroine, a young girl from a family of nomadic storytellers, embarks on a simple quest that leads her to a dragon's nest. What will she discover there, and how will it help her save her village? The production combines live-action puppetry with 3-D animation. November 23-December 31, 2013.
Heckscher Helps the Hungry - Heckscher Museum of Art
Through December 31, 2013 - Huntington
The Museum is partnering with Long Island Cares Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank, in support of those in need. Help collect food for people and pets in the community. Visit the Museum in November and December to drop off your non-perishable donations and receive half-price admission as a special thank you. November 1-December 31, 2013.
Zumba Birthday Party - The Dance Treatment
Through December 31, 2013 - Garden City Park
Visit this beautiful venue and plan an exciting time for your little one's birthday. The Dance Treatment will cater to all your party needs.
Sculpture Mystery: The Great Art Caper - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead
Uncover clues to help solve a mystery in the outdoor sculpture collection. Pick up your caper kit at Emily Lowe Gallery, have fun while discovering more about these works, and at the end of the caper return to Emily Lowe Gallery for a prize. For everyone ages 4-9 and their grown-up companions all year-round. The program runs through January 1, 2014.
Sculpture Exploration Backpack - Hofstra University Museum
Through January 01, 2014 - Hempstead
Kids and their grown up companions can stop in at the Hofstra University Museum's Emily Lowe Gallery, and pick up a backpack. At the end of your tour, return the backpack and each child will receive a small gift from the Museum. The program runs through January 1, 2014.
GingerBread Lane - New York Hall of Science
Through January 12, 2014 - Queens
Jon Lovitch is a chef and the creator of GingerBread Lane, an annual display of homemade and handmade gingerbread houses that he drafts, designs, bakes, plans, builds, and decorates for an entire year. This season will be its 20th.
The concept for Gingerbread Lane changes each year, depending on what Lovitch has seen at gingerbread competitions, in magazines, at holiday displays, sometimes even drawing ideas from houses he spots while driving.
Lovitch purchases the materials after the holiday season, and begins designing and constructing the exhibit by March. All work is completed by late October and reviewed for detail until the exhibit begins. Beginning in November, Lovitch works between 80 and 90 hours for the final three weeks before GingerBread Lane opens for display. Each gingerbread house requires approximately three hours to complete and many of the complicated projects within the village require upwards of 35 hours. Each annual GBL takes about 1500 hours to make.
GBL is made from only "real" edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. In contrast, other gingerbread competitors use dried pasta, uncooked rice and beans, and edible clay, among other ingredients. This year, GBL uses both gingerbread bricks and candy bricks for the structures.
The 2013 GBL weighs more than 1.5 tons, covers a continuous surface of nearly 300 square feet and is 11 feet high at its highest point. It will be competing for a Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread exhibit, and will be the largest GBL ever.
While the layout and composition change yearly, GBL always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place, and Toffee Boulevard. New this year is Ribbon Candy Ridge and a "behind-the-scenes" window, giving a peek into the makings of GBL with ovens, models, and ingredients...made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand guard over the back of the exhibit.
This year's village includes an estimated 1750 lbs. of icing, 400 lbs. of candy, and 500 lbs. of gingerbread dough; and comprises 152 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, candy trees, and sugar signage.
GingerBread Lane always sits out in the open, rather than behind glass, a fact that can really be appreciated when one smells the homemade gingerbread.
All gingerbread structures are given away free on the last day of the exhibit. Since December 2000, GingerBread Lane has also hosted annual workshops for families and after-school programs for children. Each year, Lovitch works with underprivileged and disabled children by shipping GingerBread Lane pieces across the country for those unable to view the display.
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Peter Max Exhibition - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor
This exhibition of work by famed pop artist Peter Max juxtaposes portfolios of his mostly black-and-white drawings on paper against many of his larger and more color-saturated works in a variety of media. This showing is the first in-depth look at Max�s original drawings. Covering a wide range of subjects � portraits of friends and political figures, ocean sunsets and undulating landscapes, characters from Disney and The Wizard of Oz, planetary and celestial bodies in space, angels and demons, flowers and hearts, as well as Mona Lisas and Statues of Liberty to name only a few � these never-before-seen drawings comprise one of the most recognizable and commercially successful artistic practices of our times. The exhibit runs through February 23, 2014.
AftermodernisM: Works on Paper - Nassau County Museum of Art
Through February 23, 2014 - Roslyn Harbor
This exhibition focuses on the exploration of the drawing skills and innovations of a number of artists. Some of these works on paper are preparation for larger works on canvas. The exhibition is organized for the museum�s Contemporary Collectors Circle (CCC) by CCC co-chairs Elaine Berger and Alison Wolfson. The exhibit runs through February 23, 2014.
Candy Craft Days - Sugarbeez Candy Store
Through February 28, 2014 - Huntington Station
Come be creative with candy. Build a chocolate house and decorate it for the holidays. Make a pretzel pizza or some pucker powder art. Special crafts every month. Sugarbeez supplies the candy and the space - you just need your imagination. Great for all ages. Check the website for open sessions or call to schedule your own private craft session.
Exhibit: Artist Kasmira Mohanty - Riverhead Town Hall Gallery
Through March 04, 2014 - Riverhead
The featured artisst, from Farmingville,will be exhibiting paintings created in classical and digital media. Although the majority of her work may be heavily affected by digitalization, Kasmira maintains a balance and enjoys working with traditional mediums as well. Some of her favorite mediums include ink, watercolor, acrylic, printmaking, photography, and spray paint. When the mood strikes or a project requires it, she scans hand-rendered elements into the computer and experiments with combining traditional and digital components. December 3, 2013-March 4, 2013.
Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona
Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans.
The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.
Outdoor Sculpture Biennial - Adelphi University
Through May 31, 2014 - Garden City
See the work of 10 skilled sculptors located throughout the scenic 75-acre arboretum on the Garden City campus.
This outdoor installation showcases the talents of Miggy Buck (NY), John Clement (NY), Maria Hall (NY), Ed Haugevik (NY), William King (NY), Anti Liu (NY), Johnny Poux (NY), Kim Radochia (MA), Christopher Saucedo (NY), and Hans Van de Bovenkamp (NY). Works of art encompass use of various materials-steel, bronze, aluminum, concrete and reflective mirrors. These man-made creations are transposed into poetic visual narrations.
The exhibition runs through May 31, 2014.
Saturday Respite - Theresa Academy of Performing Arts
Through June 21, 2014 - Lido Beach
Saturday Respite program runs each Saturday and students have a snack and participate three of the following activities: yoga, dance, drama, drumming, art, cooking, or music.
Students range in age and work with a 1-on-1 volunteer to guide and support the student. Students with special needs and typically developing students are welcome. Please RSVP at [email protected]
Sculpture Art Caper and Exploration Activity - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead
Adults and children can explore the outdoor sculpture collection on Hofstra’s beautiful campus with activity-filled animal, shapes or people-themed HUM Sculpture Exploration Backpacks or by solving an Art Caper mystery in which they unravel the clues found in the sculpture collection. Activity materials may be picked up at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).
Bethpage Federal Credit Union Global Explorer - Hofstra University Museum, Emily Lowe Gallery
Through September 30, 2014 - Hempstead
Children ages 6 and up and their families can explore and discover the beauty of the world’s cultures using activity-filled backpacks that enhance experiences with authentic objects from the Hofstra University Museum’s collections. While exploring specific works displayed in the David Filderman Gallery, children create their own keepsake artworks inspired by the art and cultures they discover. Families may pick up the backpacks at the Emily Lowe Gallery during museum hours (see website for current hours).
Penguin Encounter - Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
Through December 31, 2015 - Riverhead
Imagine a close-up meeting with an African penguin – a 45-minute interactive experience where children ages 5 and up and adults go behind the scenes and learn how animal experts care for these playful birds. You'll see the inner workings of the Penguin Pavilion exhibit,learn how staff cares for the exhibit's residents and enter the Penguin Preschool to meet the penguins. Reserve your spot at [email protected]